Development Review

UPDATED 01/30/2021

Unless instructed otherwise by City Staff, all permitting is now administered online through our electronic permitting system: Citizen Serve. If you need to revise a previously issued permit subject to the former zoning ordinance please contact the Planning & Zoning Division directly. Do not apply online.

Applicants must apply online for a Certificate of Zoning Compliance (CZC) prior to applying for a Building Permit or Certificate of Occupancy. The City of Somerville Inspectional Services Department (ISD), the Somerville Planning Board, and the Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals use a single online application through Citizen Serve for all development review, regardless if a proposal is by right or requires additional permits. If the proposed development also requires Site Plan Approval or one or more Special Permits or Hardship Variances, the Applicant and Review Boards must complete additional review procedures before ISD may issue a Certificate of Zoning Compliance.

Normal maintenance and internal demolition, as defined by the Somerville Zoning Ordinance, and the installation of roof mounted photovoltaic (PV) devices do not require a Certificate of Zoning Compliance. 

APPLICATION SUBMITTAL REQUIREMNETS:

Applicants must provide plan drawings and other necessary information based on the nature of the proposal. Please download the application submittal requirements below for more information:

How to apply:
By Right Site Plan Approval, Special Permit, or Variance required
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On Citizen Serve, click "Apply Now" and select Certificate of Zoning Compliance from the drop down menu. Follow the instructions specified.On Citizen Serve, click "Apply Now" and select Certificate of Zoning Compliance from the drop down menu. Follow the instructions specified. After answering YES to the question “Does this development proposal require Site Plan Approval or one or more Special Permits or Variances?” stop and click "Submit"

OTHER APPLICATION FORMS 

The following permitting processes and procedures do not require a CZC and are not processed through Citizen Serve. Contact the Planning & Zoning Division directly for more information.

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Permitting Process Diagram

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